Tottenham Focus – Dawson and Huddlestone step up needed

Tottenham drew 1-1 at Panathanikos last night; a point away in Europe is said to be a decent result but in truth this will seem a disappointment for Tottenham. Though controlling the first half with ease and having numerous chances, the only reward at half time was a Michael Dawson goal. However in the second half, Spurs dropped deeper and deeper, conceding the initiative, eventually leading to a Greek equalizer.

Overall though there seemed a lack of urgency, perhaps for several reasons – maybe a touch of complacency caused by the ease of the first half, maybe the lack of atmosphere in what seemed a near empty stadium: perhaps though the main reason was playing both Tom Huddlestone and Dawson.

Huddlestone played instead of Sandro and Dawson in place of William Gallas. Did the match show the positives and negatives of both?

Huddlestone enjoyed 91% pass completion, was accurate with 7 out of 8 long balls, and provided a deft chipped assist for Dawson’s goal. However, Huddlestone doesn’t look a true defensive midfielder so plays deeper and as the match wore on Moussa Dembel

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